Currently, there are 113,000 children in the United States that are waiting to be adopted. The parental rights of their biological parents have been legally terminated, thus making these children “free” for adoption. Often, these waiting children are over the age of 10 and have spent a significant time already in foster care. Most have experienced loss, neglect, abuse and disappointment on a scale not common to the average person. As a result, they need parents with patience and a desire to make a difference in the life of a child.
In Mississippi, there are 130 children waiting to be matched with their “forever family”. Efforts are underway to create awareness of these kids and secure parents to bring them home. A collaborative relationship between the Mississippi Department of Human Services and 200 Million Flowers, a Christian non-profit organization, has developed a “Heart Gallery” for waiting children. The Heart Gallery includes professional photographs along with descriptive profiles of selected kids to be highlighted. The gallery will be posted in church foyers, business and public building lobbies where the faces and stories of these children will be seen by thousands of people, thus increasing the odds that adoptive parents can be identified.
You may not be the one to bring these kids home, but there are other ways for you to be involved. You could support parents that do adopt, mentor children in foster care, support the Heart Gallery or help meet the needs of the local Department of Human Services in you home county. At the very least, please pray for the kids in foster care waiting for loving parents.
Rick is the Executive Director for 200 Million Flowers. This organization was founded by Rachel & Craig Robertson, dear friends of Restoration Hope, to spread God's love to the children in the wake of the fatherlessness pandemic and work to connect children and families, starting at home in Mississippi and growing the work through a grassroots approach to non-profit development, focusing first on women in crisis pregnancy.